Precious signs of springtime…

Springtime at Caldwell’s Lily Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Non-crabby looking Crab Apple blooms Mark the new beginnings of springtime. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Awesome beauty; every spring my mind believes this is most beautiful season of the year in Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Springtime in Chicago…

Close up image of spring bloom arrangement. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The apartment buildings along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago host beautiful spring floral arrangements in their windowboxes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Delicious Egg Yolks in the sky…

The Cantonese name for this tree is a fitting descriptor. Looking into the sky at this otherwise bare tree one sees it’s namesake flower, “gaai daan fa” meaning “egg yolk flower”. Plumeria is the more common name of this tropical favorite, named after a French botanist and explorer, Charles Plumber.

This Plumeria is mostly empty of leaves drawing complete attention to it’s luscious blooms. My attention was first on the bare appearance of the trunk assuming I was looking at a dead or distressed tree. Silly me. This variety has six petal flowers; most have five. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The rich color on the thick petals are awesome. CLICK the image for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

R-rated naming…

Who would think that the lovely Orchid (Orchidaceae) name is derived from the Anciet Greek name for testicle; noting the shape of the twin tubers of some speicies. (see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidaceae).

The beauty of this species brings forth other discriptors from viewers; at least from this viewer. This Orchid had been successfully attached to a tree in the quaint Lauderdale by the Sea Village retail area.

Vigor in change of direction…

I am adding a new category to my blog this year to acknowledge a change in lifestyle, called retirement. Nature will always be my primary focus in this blog, it is a large part of what keeps me excited about life and living. Travel has entered my life, so I will occasionally share images and insights from my experiences outside of nature.

Recently music was the travel theme going from Memphis to New Orleans. Did not make it to the Gibson Factory; so need to return to Memphis again. Ahh….

My intent is to show the color, mood, and culture of areas I encounter. I want to celebrate the diversity and excitement in various environments. Both New Orleans and Memphis were FULL of vibrancy and love.

As always, I’d love to hear your insights and critique. That’s what makes blogging fun! So, in no particular order….

The “stuff” needed to reveal your fortune in New Orleans? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A simple bouquet forgotten? Or a memorial bouquet; it was unclean. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Sparrow enjoying a fountain shower! I couldn’t resist!! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

So much talent to applaud! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Hand made instrument, based on a South African musical instrument. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Yes! It works. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

New Orleans art for sale. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Directional help. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Just chillin’. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Taste of street art in Memphis. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Ceiling full of guitars….famous guitar usuage? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Never thought of graffiti on the light fixture! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Variety store that’s hard to resist. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Shriner’s “car” for parade in Memphis. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Catching the fallen…

Fallen tree leaves caught by Decorative Cabbage. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Accompanying the Cabbage are purple Chrysanthemums with dried fallen leaves nestled around the hardy blooms. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Flowers still bloom in the fall…

Took a leisurely walk around South Pond in Chicago’s Lincoln Park; situated just south of the Zoo. The weather was remarkably warm for mid-November; in the upper 60s. FYI, winter is on the way tonight, just in time for Christmas/Thanksgiving parades. Many perennials continued their bloom while going to seed in preparation for dormant months ahead.

Jerusalem Artichoke still in bloom along the restored prairie surrounding South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Bloom and bud along Lincoln Park’s South Pond. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hardy Hydrangea’s were mostly going to seed as their colors faded to earthen colors; but one bloom still drew it’s own attention. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg.

Summertime activities…

One more fan of the Purple Coneflower is the Bumble Bee. This one is loaded with pollen already as it continues its collection.

One more fan of the Purple Coneflower is the Bumble Bee. This one is loaded with pollen already as it continues its collection.

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A Grasshopper visits our window for a while. The only way I could get the camera to focus on this was to look upward to our soffits from the outside.

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This Monarch Butterfly has been busy at the Purple Coneflower for the past five days.